“Pretend To Be Gay” has had its day

A bisexual worker who was told to pretend to be gay has won nearly £8,000 compensation after a court recognised that this was in breach of the laws on discrimination in the workplace.

The Mirror reports that Daniel Hart, who spent three months as an assistant manager at the Amon shop in Gateshead’s Metrocentre shopping arcade, was warned not to reveal his sexuality as his line management believed only women and gay men were suitable employees.

They also had unwritten racist policies about who was a suitable prospective employee.

Hart told the court that, “People were being judged on sex and sexuality and not capability and I found that offensive. What has your sex got to do with whether you can do a job?”

Judge Tudor Garnon found in Hart’s favour and awarded £7,800 in damages. Tudor commented, “It is not uncommon for people to believe certain types of shop – those selling ladies accessories or cosmetics – should be staffed by people who understand what women want.

“But there is absolutely no reason why an Asian or black woman or homosexual man would have any less understanding than a white woman or homosexual man.”

Discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation in the workplace has been illegal in the UK since 2003, and is covered by the 2010 Equality Act.